Cocktail of the Week, I’ve Been Saving This One For You

Hudson Valley Pleasure Negroni Finishing Touch
Called “Hudson Valley Pleasure”

You may have noticed, we are off booze this week, doing a spring cleanse, it is great. Feeling like a million bucks! But, no new cocktail this week.  Luckily, I’ve been saving one for you.

I created this special Negroni, it is #50 on our 100 Negronis Blog, to celebrate the warm weather and a milestone on the blog. We are actually up to 68 there. It is a celebratory drink finished off with Michele Chiarlo Nivole Sparkling Moscato.

So here is Negroni #50! “Hudson Valley Pleasure”

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Cocktail of the Week – A Fig Shrub Manhattan – “The Boscobel”

Hudson River Manhattan

My infatuation with shrub cocktails grows

as I taste my latest creation.  I first got turned onto “Shrubs” when I found and tried Hudson Standard Apple Coriander Maple Shrub at Cold Spring General Store.

Then I received my friend Warren Bobrow’s new book, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails.

So far I’ve made two of my own shrubs, one with blackberries, and another with figs. This cocktail is made with the later. I call it the “Boscobel Manhattan” after the famous Hudson Valley estate near here. Continue reading Cocktail of the Week – A Fig Shrub Manhattan – “The Boscobel”

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We Do Love Bars, Like Dogwood in Beacon

Jill at the Bar Dogwood Beacon NYAnd discovering all the great ones in the Hudson Valley has been fun.

Dogwood in Beacon is destined to be a favorite.

So what makes a good bar? Great atmosphere? good booze, decent food? Yea that’s all true.  But I think the most important thing is this, a bar can have none of those qualities I just mentioned and still be great, as long as it has Great People.

Dogwood excels at everything you want in a great bar, but what we loved the most were all the great people here. Continue reading We Do Love Bars, Like Dogwood in Beacon

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Locals, Tourists, and We Like Whistling Willies, Cold Spring

Whistling WIllie's the Tapsa classic old world American Bar and Restaurant

with great drinks food and entertainment. Set in what must have once been a hotel decades ago.  We especially love their happy hour. The friendly staff are oh so welcoming here, you feel right at home with all the locals, regular customers, here on any given night.  Continue reading Locals, Tourists, and We Like Whistling Willies, Cold Spring

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This Weeks Cocktail “The French Connection”

The French Connection NegroniAn Exciting Negroni Made With French Liquors.

Popeye Doyle was probably a beer man but Alain Charnier would love this. Remember that great 1971 movie, “The French Connection.” Watched it again a few weeks ago on Netflix. Loved that film. This drink really has nothing to do with that film but I love the memory. But, the movie was exciting and so is this cocktail.

Of course the Negroni is a 100% Italian drink but the Italian’s inspire the world and I’ve been inspired to make an all French Negroni. I hope I don’t start a war.  Read More at 100 Negronis

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